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Top Trade Students Awarded



 Some of Portland’s best trade apprentices were recognised for their tremendous dedication at the South West TAFE Awards ceremony earlier this month.More than 250 people attended the awards night on October 4 to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of students across automotive, carpentry, cabinet making, engineering, plumbing and electrical trades.


Seven apprentices from Portland, Heywood, Cashmore and Narrawong were among the 54 winners, ranging from first year to fourth year awards, as well as several commemorative awards.Keppel Prince apprentice Brad Jasper, who was awarded the Best First Year Apprentice in Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Trade), said his award came as a surprise."I was pretty shocked when I found out, but I was also quite happy too," Mr Jasper said."It was great to know all of my hard work this year has paid off."Mr Jasper said his first year at Keppel Prince has been fantastic."I love working at Keppel; it’s a really good place to work."We do a wide range of jobs – one day we might be working on a breakdown, the next day on the lathe, and then we’re off to the top shop (smelter)."There’s a fair bit of variety."


Mr Jasper was one of two award winners from the engineering firm, with boilermaker Nicholas Scott the runner-up Best Third Year Apprentice in Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade).Adult Apprentice Luke Inman was the recipient of the Shane Riordon Memorial Award, which goes to the Automotive Apprentice of the Year who’s in their third year of study."I was pretty stoked when I found out."


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Brad Jasper





Young People Shine at P2E Graduation Ceremony


Ten young people from Portland and Heywood graduated from the Passport 2 Employment Program in front of more than 50 people on Wednesday. The participants completed the nine week program feeling empowered and confident in preparation for the future transition to employment or further education.The brainchild of the Glenelg Transition Action Network (GTAN) and funded by the Port of Portland, Passport 2 Employment is an innovative program that aims to help secondary aged students build practical skills and access opportunities for further education and training. Highlights during the nine weeks have included sessions on nutrition, daily care habits and fitness, an industry tour, a shopping trip and a race around Portland where students enjoyed the opportunity to check out local support agencies, catch a bus and hail a taxi. Passport 2 Employment coordinator Tiana Richardson congratulated all of the graduating students. "I have been extremely impressed with the Passport 2 Employment participants, they have worked hard to learn, grow, develop and build new skills that will be of value in every facet of their lives," Ms Richardson said."The volunteers involved in the program are tremendously proud of what the students have accomplished, it is exciting to think about what they can achieve as they take the next steps in their Lives".


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Young people Shine


Work Experience Hands On

  Lochie Berry wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a fitter and turner. The 16-year-old Year 10 student from Portland Secondary College spent last week doing work experience at Kempe Engineering.


Hands on


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Students enjoy Congress at Uni

Three Portland Secondary College students attended the Victorian SRC (student representative councils) Congress have described the three-day event as worthwhile. Flynn Roberts, 15, Harry Lipscombe, 15, and Willem Ciechowicz, 14, attended the congress held at Ormond College at The University of Melbourne.It was held during the recent school holidays.Liam Doyle, the school’s director of student voices and leadership, said it was the first time Portland Secondary College had been represented at the congress. "The three students were keen to attend," he said.Willem said 12 action groups were formed at the congress."Around 150 students from at least 50 schools were there," he said."Our group came up with plans to take student voices seriously such as adding students to school councils, and having a social media page to stay connected with other regional schools and SRCs."All three students said they would definitely be interested in attending the congress next year.


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Congress at Uni


First Hand Look at Nursing


 Portland Secondary College Year 10 student Jorji Cram had a first hand look at her preferred career of nursing last week.Jorji, 15, did work experience at Portland District Health in wards and at allied health.She said she wanted to become a nurse when she finishes school.




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